PGCE; education; teaching; certificate in education
Post Graduate Certificate of Education/Certificate of Education from the University of Derby
2 years part-time
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This qualification allows you to teach post 14 learners in Further Education (FE) and Skills Sector. If you are already teaching in the education sector, this part-time course will support your CPD to become a fully-qualified teacher.

This course is provided in partnership with the University of Derby, an Ofsted rated Outstanding provider of FE and Skills teacher training.

What will I learn?

You will learn theories and principles of educational practice, developing your understanding and techniques for enhancing teaching, learning and assessment and explore approaches to evidence based practice. In the second year, you will explore curriculum planning within the FE sector and optional modules relating to behaviour, or specialising in teaching literacy, maths or teaching learners with disabilities.

How will I be taught?

Practical workshops, specialist speakers and classroom activities go hand-in-hand with teaching practice. Observational feedback will focus on strengths and supportive improvement.

How will I be assessed?

Modules are assessed through formative and summative assessment points, which includes coursework, assignments, teaching practice file, successful observations and reflections.

What can I do next?

A PGCE/Cert Ed is a recognised passport into teaching in the sector. The majority of students will be successfully appointed to teaching posts across the sector, or will affirm their position in their educational establishment. Your qualification can contribute to various masters level courses, including the University of Derby’s Masters in Education. 

Is there anything else I need to know?

Tuition fee: £3,000 per year. (£6,000 in total for two years).

You will be required to be teaching in an educational or training environment for at least 50 hours each year, paid or voluntary. Support will be given to provide appropriate placement hours, although a guarantee of hours is not possible. DBS clearance is required for your placement and more details will be shared at interview. You will apply through Preston’s College, but confirmation of a place will be made by the University of Derby. This course will run subject to a minimum of 12 people.

Entry Requirements

You will need five GCSE’s at grade 9-4 (A*-C), including maths and English (or Level 2 equivalent). You should also have a relevant degree (minimum 2:2) or industry experience in your subject specialism, including an appropriate Level 3 qualification for the Certificate in Education programme.

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